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'Mein Kampf' signed by Hitler up for auction in LA

Signed Copes Of Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' Heading To Auction

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is one of the most racist and heinous screeds in modern history, but officials say two rare early editions signed by him could go for more than $20,000 at an online auction on Thursday.

Nate Sanders, owner of Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles, says he knows he'll catch a lot of flack for putting the rare 1925 and 1926 books up for bid.

He said he understands that. "But it is a piece of history. It is a very rare item."

Hitler was arrested and jailed for the attempt to seize power. He dictated "Mein Kampf," two volumes of autobiography and anti-Semitic manifesto, to Rudolf Hess while behind bars to raise money for his criminal defense.

Both volumes' fly-leaves feature Hitler's signature.

Sanders said volumes of "Mein Kampf" from the 1930s are common, but a copy signed by the author is rare.

Sanders is also auctioning off a leather trench coat he said was worn by Albert Speer, a Nazi government minister who took responsibility for the Holocaust at the Nuremberg trials and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the Nazi regime.

Selling Nazi memorabilia is prohibited in many European countries that saw the horrors of World War II.

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DJ February 28 2014 at 4:32 AM

Artifacts such as these shouldn't be privately owned. They should be publicly displayed so people know that such horrors can happen. Hopefully a few museums will be bidding on both items.

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ANTON February 27 2014 at 3:21 PM

I disagree about burning or destroying the books, we cannot erase history, it is much better to let future generations read them so they can see for themselves, less we repeat history. Our class read Mein Kampf in college years ago, most people will never read the book because they think it is a racist rant, but it is more about the political times of the era. Ironically Hitler in this very book wrote that the Jewish people should have their own country, decades before the creation of Israel in 1948. Hitler blamed many of the days problems on the Jewish bankers, merchants, etc. and felt that if they had their own country they would leave Germany, Europe and other countries. From 1933 when he seized power until crystal nacht in 1938 Hitler allowed them to leave the country. Hitler and Stalin were responsible for hundreds of millions of death in Europe, mostly Jewish people, in reality it was Himmler who was responsible for the so called "final solution." But these books should not be destroyed, they are a piece of history and should be preserved.

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Sonja ANTON February 27 2014 at 5:47 PM

Anton, you are a wise Man.
It makes me proud , to read somebody with Brain, you know what you talking about,I love your Intelect.
im; german , moved to the USA. 1969, military.
45 years later, I never get all that none sence people are talking about.
no order here, like the wild west.
least I must edmid, my german people had nothing to do with the killing, eccept the Military had to followed order, or the would have been killed too.
sp people, unless you have more information about mein kampf, shut the hell up and stick a sock in to your ignorant uneducated mouth, you heard me right Idios.
sincerly spoken from a german.
sonja wolff.

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jmfabianorpl February 27 2014 at 2:52 PM

Fegelarse took it to the Reich Flea Market and forged Hitler's signature on them, and he will raise the money to play more antics.

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zannedon7 February 27 2014 at 2:43 PM

DISGUSTING.....Greed forgets the atrocity of the monster.

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Sean Lee February 27 2014 at 5:29 PM

Like it or not this is a piece of history. We don't always have to like what happened in the past. We can not just destroy pieces of it, ignore it, forget about it, and act like nothing happened. This is a memoir of a crazy but intelligent man. What can we learn from them? How can we learn from the mistakes? How can we prevent people like this coming to power ever again? Personally I would love to be able to own a piece of history like this.

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USS Titanic February 27 2014 at 6:57 PM

I have seen worse items draw in their fair share of bids. No shortage of serial killer mementos out there to serve peoples' curiousities.

they will get what they want for them.

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endlessdrip February 27 2014 at 2:05 PM

Who ever ends up buying the books should donate them to an organization that is recognized for keeping historic data. Regardless of it's content, it is a book that spews hatred and therefore should be allowed to exist so that others may see how a crazed coward attempted to kill off an entire religion.

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palmspringslife February 27 2014 at 2:04 PM

Amazing to read the array of (ignorant) comments here.
Most all of the comments written by those who have NO IDEA the living hell that monster put people through.

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phone4older February 27 2014 at 8:15 PM

While i agree that sadly they must be preserved the idea of them being in an auction scares me. There is too much of a chance they will be bought by a neo nazi.,so I would donate them to museam.

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nasreenakbar February 27 2014 at 8:43 PM

My bid a bucket of dog poop.

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mmmmary nasreenakbar February 27 2014 at 10:41 PM

I've got two kitties. I'll throw in some cat crap!

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